Michael H Gold
Meet Michael H Gold
Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center located in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gold is also Clinical Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine also in Nashville. He is a Visiting Professor of Dermatology for Huashan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China (11/2006), Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangzhou, China, as well as Visiting Professor of Dermatology at Number One Hospital of China Medical University (11/2008) in Shenyang, China. Additionally, he is Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery, First People’s Hospital of Foshan, Guangzhou, China and The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejian University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang.  

Dr. Gold is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who oversees the various facets of the Center’s operations: a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services and research endeavors. Dr. Gold has earned a national and international reputation for providing patients with leading-edge technological advances and has expertise in all facets of dermatology and aesthetic care. The Tennessee Clinical Research Center is now one of the leading dermatologic research institutions in the U.S. Dr. Gold is the author of over 300 published scientific articles, 15 textbook chapters and the editor of two textbooks on photodynamic therapy and global use of PDT. Dr. Gold works as an associate editor with the majority of dermatology journals and actively contributes to the medical literature with his colleagues from around the world.

Dr. Gold speaks on national and international fronts, focusing on dermatology issues related to the use of lasers and energy-based devices, as well as the use of fillers and toxins in aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology. He lectures in venues around the world and is a sought-after contributor to educational meetings globally. Dr. Gold is an active member of many of the leading dermatology and laser specialty societies in the U.S. and around the world. He is the founder, past president, past treasurer, and now president-elect of the Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL), whose mission is to teach dermatology and dermatologic surgery all over the world in a non-profit setting. This society has become one of the fastest-growing international dermatologic societies because of its core beliefs of teaching and transparency. He is also a founding member of the 5-Continent-Congress, one of the leading global aesthetic congresses. In addition, Dr. Gold is the President of the Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education (SCALE), which is part of the Tennessee Laser Society, of which Dr. Gold began 10 years ago to educate and teach the proper use of lasers and injectables in the community.
My Team



Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and servicing the Middle Tennessee community since 1990, Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder and medical director of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center. Dr. Gold is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon and oversees the various facets of the Center’s operations; a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services and research endeavors. Dr. Gold has earned worldwide recognition for providing patients with leading edge technological advances in dermatology and aesthetic skin care. He plays and integral role in the development of new pharmaceutical products and medical devices through his clinical research, and presents the results regularly at national and international dermatology and cosmetic meetings.



Ryan is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and joined Gold Skin Care Center in February 2014. While previously practicing in a Family Practice and Urgent Care setting, he developed a passion for dermatology. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University, and his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.    

Sandra Hedden


Sandra Hedden is a 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Masters of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, has over 10 years of dermatology experience, and specializes in all aspects of clinical dermatology.   

Suzanne Craven


Suzanne obtained her Master of Medical Science degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. before moving to the Nashville area. She practiced as a psychologist in North Carolina for over six years, then became a physician assistant. Suzanne is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. She is very excited to be part of the team and enjoys providing medical and cosmetic dermatology services.

Kerstin Stevens


Kerstin joined the team in February 2012. She has more than 13 years of experience in the beauty industry. She has worked closely with Dr. Gold to discover and test all the latest ingredients, devices and products so Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa can provide the most current and effective treatments and products. In recent years she has worked diligently with Dr. Gold to formulate and successfully launch his skin care line, ilissa by Gold, MD. Kerstin is certified and experienced in providing visible results with excellent patient care and a true passion for helping her clients reach their skin care goals through the latest technology and medical devices offered at Gold Skin Care Center. 



Laura joined Advanced Aesthetics in February 2014 and has been working as an aesthetician and nail technician for the past five years in the Middle Tennessee area. She graduated from the Tennessee School of Beauty in 2009. Laura has always had a passion for helping clients feel good about themselves. The highlight of her job is getting to know each of her clients and delivering results to improve their complexion. Laura offers a variety of services customized to each individuals needs such as facials, waxing, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

Lindsay Baker


A Nashville native, Lindsey is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Cumberland University. She joined the team in June 2013 and works on all facets of lasers, light sources and injectables. Her favorite procedures are photorejuvenation and injectables.



Megan moved from Michigan and joined The Laser & Rejuvenation Center in February 2014. She received her Certification in Aesthetics in 2005 at the Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology in Port Huron, Michigan. In 2008, Megan completed a Medical Aesthetics and Laser Certification Course in Dallas, Texas. Megan specializes in a variety of cosmetic laser procedures.

Sherri Street


After attending Henderson School of Electrology, Sherri became an electrologist in 1983. She worked several years in a private practice, and joined Gold Skin Care Center in 1993. Working closely with Dr. Gold and his staff, Sherri assisted in the FDA approval of the first Laser Hair Removal IPL system in the US, known at the time as the EpiLight Hair Removal System. From the ground breaking clinical work that Sherri performed with Dr. Gold in the early 1990’s, this IPL hair removal system became one of the most widely used systems for long-term hair removal in the world. Sherri has participated in several clinical research projects with Dr. Gold, and both are considered experts in the laser hair removal community. Due to this ground-breaking clinical research, Sherri and Dr. Gold have worked with numerous hair removal lasers at the Center. They continue to be a valued resource for industry due to the wealth of knowledge in treating people with all skin colors and hair colors with lasers and light sources. Dr. Gold notes that Sherri has treated more people with laser hair removal systems than most people in the world today.

Kara Earthman


Kara started in both the Clinic and Laser Center in July 2014. Born and raised in Nashville, she graduated from the University of Virginia with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013. She worked for a year as a labor and delivery nurse in Atlanta but missed her hometown and wanted to pursue dermatology.

1977                                             Bausch and Lomb Honorary High School Student
1979 – 1980                                  Tulane University’s Junior Year Abroad Program
1980                                             Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society

1977 – 1981                                  Dean’s List – Tulane University
1981                                             B.S., Cum Laude, Tulane University

1985                                             Dean’s Award, The Chicago Medical School
1985                                             The Lange Medical Publication Award, The Chicago Medical School
1989                                             The Upjohn Corporation Research Award in Dermatology

2000                                             Dermatology Foundation – Annenberg Circle
2003                                             Distinguished Alumnus Award – The Chicago Medical School
2004                                             The Skin Cancer Foundation – Founding Member of Amonette Circle
2009 - Present                               Leading Physician of the World, Top Dermatologist in Nashville, TN
2010                                             Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Toast of Music City, Nashville, TN
2011                                             Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Toast of Music City, Nashville, TN
2012                                             International Association of Healthcare Professionals
2012                                             Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Best Dermatologist, Best Spa (Overall): Toast of Music City, Nashville, TN
2013                                             Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Best Spa (Overall): Toast of Music City, Nashville, TN
2014                                             Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Best Dermatologist, Best Laser Center, Best Spa (Overall): Toast of Music City, Nashville, TN

1993                 Clinical Instructor, Division of Dermatology, Department of
Dermatology Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN                                     
2006                 Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of
Dermatology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN – reappointment through 2011
2006                 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing (Medicine), Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN – reappointment through 2011
2006                 Visiting Professor of Dermatology, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University (Shanghai Medical University), Shanghai, China
2008                 Visiting Professor of Dermatology, China Medical University, Shenyang, China
2012                 Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery, First People’s Hospital of Foshan, Guangzhou, China
2013                 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine    

EDUCATION:  B. S., Cum Laude – Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1981
                         Junior Year – King’s College, University of London                                                                                                             
                         M.D. – University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School
                         N. Chicago, IL, 1985   

 1985-86 – Internship, Internal Medicine
                                                   Emory University Hospital
                                                   Grady Memorial Hospital
                                                   Atlanta VA Hospital
                                                   1986-89 – Resident, Dermatology
                                                   Northwestern Univ. School of Medicine, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                                                                                              Northwestern Memorial Hospital
                                                   Lakeside VA Hospital
                                                   Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chief Resident (1989-90)     

  1978 - 1979 Research Assistant, Infectious Disease Laboratory, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
                                               1980 (summer) Research Assistant, Infectious Disease Laboratory, The Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
   1980 – 1981 Research Assistant, Infectious Disease Laboratory, LSU Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
                                               1986 – 1989 Dermatology Resident, Northwestern University
                                                                    Acetretin Liver Biopsy Study
                                                                    Human Bite Mark Analysis
                                                                    Psoriasis and Beta-Blockers
                                                                    Cyclosporine-A in Dermatology
                                               1990 Dirythromycin for Skin Infections, Eli Lilly & Co., Nashville, Tennessee

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